Jesse Hahn’s Horrendous Two Innings

I went over to the bookstore to submit a textbook order, and to the Office of Instruction to give them some paperwork, and then I headed to the BART station to go to the Coliseum.  After the gates opened, I headed to the team store, where I bought an Eckersley jersey.  I decided that I would feel better if I ate before taking my seat, so I went to the food trucks and bought a Banana-Fana with a bottle of drinking water.  I saw Roberta Gonzales of KPIX warming up to throw out the first pitch.  She was wearing black on a hot afternoon.  Jalen Richard threw the second first pitch, which I think is just the second pitch.  I heard the news that Stephen Vogt was gone from the team.  I couldn’t help wondering what was going to happen to Faith and Family Day.  Jesse Hahn was the starting pitcher against the Houston Astros.  He got off to a horrible start, hitting the first batter with his fifth pitch of the game.  A pinch-runner had to come into the game.  Hahn walked the next two batters, as he threw only two strikes to the first three batters of the game.  Two sacrifice flies produced two runs without a hit for the Astros.  A fly ball to right field was the third out.  Hahn had gone to three-ball counts to five of six hitters in the inning.  The only thing that happened in the bottom of the inning was Matt Olson getting his first hit, as Matt Joyce, Ryon Healy, and Khris Davis all struck out.  Hahn was unable to do better in the second inning.  He allowed a single to the first hitter, but then got an out on a fly ball to centerfield.  He then gave up a double and a home run to make the score 5-0, and then another double and a walk.  A ground ball looked as though it could turn into an inning-ending double play, but Yonder Alonso committed an error on the play to load the bases with still one out.  Hahn proceeded to give up a single for two runs, followed by a home run for three more runs and a 10-0 score.  Bruce Maxwell caught a foul ball for the second out, and the third out finally came on a ground ball.  I heard a lot of groaning from the fan a few seats to my right throughout the inning.  Hahn’s ERA had gone from 3.56 to 4.66.  The fans certainly weren’t expecting the A’s to come from ten runs behind to win, although they had done it once before in their history.  Josh Smith took over for Hahn in the third inning.  He went three innings and gave up no runs.  The first batter got a single off him, but then Smith got eight consecutive outs before he gave up a double.  He then struck out the last batter he faced in the fifth inning.  The A’s had men on base in each of the first four innings without producing a run, but they finally did something in the fifth.  Maxwell singled, and after Rosales made an out, Joyce doubled.  Maxwell scored on Olson’s ground ball.  Michael Brady came into the game in the sixth inning with an ERA of 9.00 because he allowed one run in one inning.  He gave up a home run to Josh Reddick with his first pitch, doubling his ERA to 18.00.  After allowing a double, though, he got seven consecutive outs to reduce his ERA to 5.40.  After hearing relationship advice from the A’s via the scoreboard, we saw them score more runs in the sixth inning.  Khris Davis doubled.  Yonder Alonso fouled out on a 3-1 pitch, but then Chad Pinder doubled to make the score 11-2, and then Jaycob Brugman singled to make the score 11-3.  Maxwell and Rosales made outs.  During the seventh inning stretch, we heard “Right Back Where We Started From,” and I could see one of the ushers singing along.  The A’s got only a walk with one out from Olson in the inning.  In the top of the eighth inning with one out, Brady gave up a triple and a sacrifice fly, which made the score 12-3.  He finished the inning with a strikeout and a 6.75 ERA.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s did something.  Rajai Davis doubled on the first pitch.  Pinder struck out on a 3-2 pitch.  Brugman walked on a 3-2 pitch, and then Maxwell doubled for one run.  Rosales went to a 3-2 count and doubled for two more runs.  On a 3-2 wild pitch, Joyce walked and Rosales went to third base.  After a pitching change, Olson doubled, with Rosales scoring and Joyce going to third base.  Joyce scored the fifth run of the inning on a wild pitch, with Olson going to third base.  Healy grounded out but Olson scored, bringing the A’s to within 12-9.  Khris Davis struck out to end the inning.  It was his third strikeout of the game.  John Axford pitched the top of the ninth inning.  He allowed two singles with one out, but kept the score at 12-9.  The A’s appeared used up their magic in the eighth inning.  The game ended with Rajai Davis, Chad Pinder, and Jaycob Brugman all striking out.  After winning four straight against the Yankees, the A’s lost four straight to the Astros.  The Astros certainly looked like the best team in the American League.  This game started at 12:37 with a game time temperature of 88 degrees, and it ended at 4:01.  The attendance was 18,747.  Instead of going straight home, I stopped by Best Buy and bought Blu-ray discs of “For Your Eyes Only” and “The Great Escape.”  I went home for something to eat.  I browsed through the record store and bought a Blu-ray of “Wings” and a Midnight Special DVD.  I took a shower and fell asleep while watching some Portlandia.  Some of the people who died on June 23 include Jonas Salk (1995), Shana Alexander (2005), Aaron Spelling (2006), Ed McMahon (2009), Peter Falk (2011), Richard Matheson (2013), and Dick van Patten (2015).  Today is a birthday for Melissa Rauch (37), Joss Whedon (53), and Randy Jackson (61).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for June 23, the mono issue of Ray Charles’ “Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music” reached Number One on the Billboard albums chart in 1962.  In 1984, the Number One single was Duran Duran’s “The Reflex.”  In 1989, “Batman,” directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, and Jack Nicholson, was released.

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